Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Skin Story

Skincare is one of the things that I'm sort of obsessed with. My favorite bit of the day is when I get to wash my face. If I'm really upset or something bad has happened, I'll wash my face and make a pot of tea, because I feel like it's always easier to deal with what's going on if my face is freshly scrubbed.

I don't by any means have perfect enviable skin. I actually have quite bad skin. This is actually a bit hard for me to talk about. I have adult onset acne, that started when I switched to a certain brand of birth control, and hasn't fully gone away even though I've switched brands. It's much better now, but until a year or so ago there were times when I would look at my face in the mirror and just sob it was so awful and painful. I had cystic acne and for those that don't know it's acne that's deeply imbedded and inflamed and can usually be painful.

I spent a lot of money and time just trying out different cleansers that didn't even seem to make a dent in my problem. I finally went to see a dermatologist and he gave me some samples of differin gel, which cleared my skin but also dried it out a bit to much, and he prescribed me an anti-biotic, which works extremely well, and I still take from time to time when the breakout's get particularly bad. Up until I saw a doctor about it and it got significantly better it was as emotionally damaging as it was physically painful. I have a lot of scaring that I can only hope to lessen.

I also started using Kiehls Blue Herbal Cleanser and their oil free range of moisturizer and toner. To be honest it helped a bit in the beginning but not after awhile. It's lovely to use and I'm nearing the end of it, but after 6 months of use, I decided not to repurchase. While it didn't make my skin worse it stopped making it better as well after about 2 months of use. 

I decided to write this post because since I decided not to repurchase the cleanser I was currently using, I've ordered the Liz Earle range, the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Instant Boost Tonic and the Skin Repairing Moisturizer. Liz Earle is a UK based range, but they do ship to the US. The products are natural and meant to be really gentle and suitable for all skin types. I'm going to be attempting to do weekly updates when it gets here, and I may take a photo a week as I use it and if I'm brave enough I'll post them in a compilation so you can see what it does or doesn't do for my skin.

I'm really excited to try out this new range, but while I hope it works, I've been disappointed by so many other skin care lines that I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much about this one. I've heard good things though which is why I'm going to try it. Have you found your perfect skin care line yet, or are you still searching. Tell me some products you love in the comments below.